Homemade Amish White Bread recipe with easy to follow instructions and photos to help you make delicious homemade bread for your family. Let's bake something amazing together today.
This recipe has been updated since it first appeared in 2013 with new photos and a new printable recipe card that includes nutritional information. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!
Homemade Amish White Bread is the very first yeast bread recipe I ever made. It's also a recipe I taught myself how to make over 25 years ago.
Only back then there was no internet or blogs to help show me how to bake this recipe for Homemade Amish Bread.
I taught myself how to make homemade bread with this delicious recipe and I made it with just a bowl and a wooden spoon.That's right, I didn't have a fancy mixer all those years ago. Just a bowl and a wooden spoon.
And you know what? It was incredibly easy and very satisfying to pull out my big blue plastic bowl and start making homemade bread for my family. My family also loves the Homemade Honey Wheat Bread recipe that was the second bread recipe I learned how to bake.
If you're looking for a bread recipe that uses no yeast, try my Easy Flatbread Recipe. It's a great beginner bread recipe.
Helpful Kitchen Items
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Here is a list of items that you will need in order to make this recipe:
- Yeast - I like ordering a "brick" of yeast from Amazon. It lasts a very long time if you keep it in the freezer. You can store a portion of it in a jar in the refrigerator and then replenish it when it runs out with the package in the freezer.
- Digital Meat Thermometer - this thermometer works great for so many recipes. I always struggled with getting the temperature correct when working with yeast, but not since I started using this easy to read thermometer.
- Loaf pan - you will need two loaf pans to bake the bread dough in. These are a nice quality and size.
Make sure you print out the recipe below and save it for later!
- 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
- ½ cup warm water - 105 to 115 degrees. Check the temperature of the water using a Digital Meat Thermometer.
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 2 cups warm water - yes you need more water.
- 2 ½ tbsp. melted butter
- 6 - 7 cups flour
- 2 tsp salt
Heat ½ cup water in the microwave for about 60 seconds or until it is 105 to 115 degrees. The yeast needs to grow in warm water. If you use cold water, it won't grow. So make sure the water is the proper temperature before adding the yeast.
The easiest way to test the temperature of the water is to use a Digital Meat Thermometer. I love using this digital one. It gives you the temperature within a few seconds.
Once the yeast is dissolved in the water, cover the bowl with a plate to help trap the heat and grow the yeast. If the yeast doesn't get foamy like the photo below, you need to start again. The bread will not rise without properly proofed yeast.
Once the yeast has started to foam and get little bubbles all around, it's ready to add to the bowl of a KitchenAid Mixer.
How to make the bread dough
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the sugar, two cups warm water and melted butter. Then add the yeast mixture that's been proofed.
Gradually add the flour, one cup at a time, to form a soft dough, mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Allow the machine to knead the bread for about 5 minutes.
If you find the dough is sticking to the sides of the machine, you'll most likely need to sprinkle more flour into the mixer as the machine is kneading.
How to let the Dough Rise
Remove the dough from the mixer and place on a lightly flour surface. Knead the dough a few times and then place in an oiled bowl. Make sure you turn the dough to coat both sides.
Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for it rise and double in size. This should take about 30 minutes to an hour.
How to shape the dough
Once the dough has risen and doubled in size, punch it down and divide into two equal portions.
Shape the dough into loaves and place in two loaf pans that have been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap and set aside until each loaf has doubled in size; about 30 to 60 minutes.
Remove the plastic wrap and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and when you tap the top of the bread you hear a hollow sound.
Allow the bread to cool in the loaf pans for about 10 minutes and then turn the bread loaves out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling.
There is nothing like the taste of homemade bread. You can also make this Amish White Bread recipe by hand as I did for many years before I received my Kitchen Aid Mixer for Mother's Day a few years ago.
How to make homemade bread in a bread machine
If you want to use a bread machine for this recipe, simply follow your manufacturer’s suggestions for the order in which you need to add the ingredients.
Then follow the manufacturer's instructions for baking homemade white bread.
Like this bread recipe? Try these other easy recipes that my family also loves!
- Garlic Parmesan Monkey Bread
- Homemade French Baquettes
- Pepperoni Mozzarella Monkey Bread
- Easy Semi-Homemade Bread Sticks
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How to make homemade bread in a bread machine
Yield: 24 slices
Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gSodium: 148mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 4g
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The nutrition information is calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee its accuracy. If this data is important to you, please verify with your trusted nutrition calculator.